Education, including school in the early years and vocational training later in life, is an essential springboard for farming communities around the world. Education helps farmers and their families to develop the knowledge and skills they need to achieve greater financial security and independence. But, in many remote and rural communities decent education is out of reach.
As part of Sustainability Development Goal 4, the UN wants all boys and girls to have access to education by 2030 and to promote lifelong learning for adults, including technical education. The educational needs of farmers and their families range from the basics of reading and writing to management training and the operation of advanced machinery.
Our initiatives include:
Service centres and teams on the ground from which farmers can get advice, and digital channels (including apps and websites) for agronomic guidance
Vocational traineeships, peer education, and scholarships, including special programmes for women
Education and skills development opportunities for ofi employees
Skills transfer programmes that enable local employees to learn from highly skilled foreign nationals
School materials, equipment, and infrastructure
Goals and Progress
We report on the goals and targets in the Human and Social Capital sections of our 2020 Annual Report.
Monitoring through AtSource+
AtSource+ allows customers to track education support provided to the farming communities, as well as the impact those interventions are having on the ground. It measures key metrics including:
Percentage of school aged children attending school
Number of beneficiaries with access to education support
Includes literacy classes, vocational training and sponsored teaching activities
Number of beneficiaries from school infrastructure and equipment
Includes construction of classrooms, libraries, canteens, teacher housing and dormitories
Number of beneficiaries of education services
Includes efforts to reduce entry barriers to enrolment such as help to get birth certificates, initiatives that raise awareness of the importance of school, and support for school transport
Education really does change lives
Providing access to education for farming communities in Côte d'Ivoire
AtSource+ metrics to track progress:
School-aged children attending school (%)
Beneficiaries with access to education support
Beneficiaries with school infrastructure and equipment
Beneficiaries with education services
Number of children of farmers that have received education support
Supporting social investments in communities is not only better for farmers and their families, it’s better for customers too.
In Côte d'Ivoire, one cocoa farming co-operative representing 340 farmers ringfences 30% of the net premium it receives for its cocoa to be used for social investment. The board recently decided to use the funds to construct a primary school in Jeannotkro, a village in the Divo region which is home to 150 of the co-operative’s farmers and their families.
Over 70 pupils, all aged 7-10 years old, now benefit from three fully trained teachers, saving them a 6km walk to the neighbouring village school. Through AtSource+ data, we can monitor the positive impact of the new school and teachers. We do this by tracking the number of children in the community who are going to school and how many people in the farmer group are benefiting from education support, infrastructure and services.
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